If you’re one of the 230,000 people that use public transit daily, consider thanking your driver Wednesday for National Transit Worker Appreciation Day.
This national day is being celebrated for the first time in Pittsburgh, and Pittsburghers for Public Transit (PPT) is hoping that all 2,000 workers feel appreciated. The group will distribute cards with “Because you rock, I roll” and “Thanks for keeping us moving”, from 12-1 and 3-5 at the Wood Street T Station, and at Forbes and Bigalow in Oakland. Passengers can sign the cards and give them to workers just to show their thanks.
“Being a bus driver is a really challenging job, especially in Pittsburgh with our geography and weather,” said Molly Nichols, PPT Community Organizer, “and we also want to help bring attention to the maintenance workers, because it’s really crucial for our whole region to have this transit service and the workers are the backbone of that system.”
Those who wish to show their appreciation but cannot make it to pick up a card can print out their own at transitdriverday.org, or use #transitworkerday & #thankyoutransitworkers on social media.
“Drivers take a lot of pride in their job, and it’s a nice opportunity for them to get a thank you from the people who are on their bus with them. I know in any job getting some affirmation and gratitude can really help people’s moral, and make it a nice community for everyone,” said Nichols.